Monday, February 24, 2014

News: More housing contracts for Connexion2

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Connexion2, The Rotherham company that uses innovative technology solutions and associated services to improve the safety and productivity of lone workers, has secured further contracts in the housing sector.

Connexion2, which employs around 30 staff at Dinnington, developed and manufactures Identicom, which is now the UK's most widely deployed dedicated lone worker device with with over 120,000 in circulation, and a market share of 80%.

A unique communication device, Identicom is designed to look like a normal ID badge but allows lone workers to raise an alarm, make an emergency phone call or send a text message.

Housing Association, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) has signed a three-year contract to protect its lone workers with the award-winning device. CCG provides nearly 6,300 affordable homes and services to its tenants. Employing over 280 staff, over 100 of which are lone workers, management reviewed a number of devices and solutions to help protect these workers and purchased over 120 Identicom devices through the SoloProtect solution.

Reading based Raglan Housing has purchased 70 of Identicom lone worker devices to help protect over 100 lone workers. Raglan Housing owns and manages over 12,000 homes in almost 100 local authorities in England. The organisation addresses a variety of housing needs in city, urban and rural areas, continuing their commitment to housing for disabled people and a range of supported housing schemes, including sheltered housing and refuges to vulnerable people.

The SoloProtect solution managed by Connexion2 includes the Identicom device and also 24/7 manned monitoring, SIM card and mobile network usage, training and monthly reporting as standard.

The devices include features such as the ability to discreetly raise a "Red Alert" if a user feels their safety has been compromised through a single button press. The "Man Down" feature can automatically raise an alert if the lone worker suffers a slip, trip or fall.

David Hall, regional director at Raglan Housing, said: "The Identicom lone worker device was chosen after a short and successful trial with SoloProtect. The trial proved how easy the device was to use and how simple it was to integrate into users daily routines. The device has increased confidence amongst users and managers when staff are working alone, knowing a Police response is just a button press away."

Last year Connexion2 was acquired by the US leading emergency communications company, Kings III of America.

Connexion2 website

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